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I apologize for not being more active, but not having other reviewers or books to review, it's been a little difficult. However I want to let you know about this wonderful DVD "God's Not Dead." Working at the library I found it on our shelves and took it home. When I brought it back I raved about it. I wanted to take it out again, but it seems word gets around. It's always on hold for someone else. That's great.

The opening scene is in a freshman college philosophy class. The professor states he is an atheist, and asks that if everyone will sign a paper with 3 little words on it he can dispense of the dust and get to the subject. Those 3 words are "God Is Dead." One student cannot sign that. He is given 3 chances to argue the case of the existence of God before the class.

Fueled by hate on one side and a determined love of God on the other this is not your simple movie. The poor kid researches and goes off on a journey of his own to state his case. The end is nothing short of amazing. I guess telling people stuff like this is one of the reasons I can't get a hold of it a second time. It's really that good.

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May our Lord be with you now and always. Remember, God is in control, even when things look like they're crashing all around you. David

Saturday, February 13, 2010

FORGIVING SEAN, by Jessica Adriel


Saturday - Fathers! In kids lives moms play a really huge role, but one role that is really needed is that of a good father, not just a good mother. All too often I'm seeing neither, and the results are frightening. Mr. Moffit can be seen as two different fathers to Sean. There was the "old man" who went to work, came home and demanded his own way. Sports was always on TV, and beer was brought in by his wife. Sean saw this and thought that was the way things were supposed to be. His attitude towards women was really poor. We read in Forgiving Sean, that although he planned to date her for a while, he had plans for a definite ending of that relationship. Before that it was going from girl to girl. Sean had no Godly man to show him how to make Godly choices in his life.

While Sean was away following his dream of becoming a major league pitcher both his parents are changed by the saving power of the blood of Jesus. When Sean returns home, injured, he is surprised, and a little dismayed at their change. Dads, just because you make a good decision, because you've finally put Jesus as Lord in your life doesn't mean things will get better. Remember Sean was used to the old Mr. Moffit, the man with the beers and his nose stuck into spots TV. This new father was a stranger to him. One thing Sean did realize, even then, was that his old father would really have torn into him for all the ways he'd fouled up over the years, but instead this new father took a different approach. Although he wasn't thrilled with a lot of things he was suddenly supportive. When a touchy subject came up he was willing to steer the conversation away so his son wouldn't have to be beaten up more than he was already beating himself up.

The difference between the old Mr. Moffit and the new Mr. Moffit was like night and day. And so it should be. Paul states in 1st Corinthians 13:4-8, "Love has patience, is kind; love is not envious, is not vain, is not puffed up; does not behave indecently, does not seek her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil. Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth, quietly covers all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." Whenever you are bold enough to do a self-check on yourself, read these verses and ask yourself, "Is this the way I love?" If not, then your love is lacking and you need to ask God to help you. You suddenly are becoming an answer to problems rather than a conduit to create them. Men, learn to be Godly men. Learn to teach younger men how to be Godly men and also love your wives freely and openly so that young women can see what kind of man they should be looking for as a husband. Our job is a tough one, but it is rewarding...if done correctly, or at least with the attempt to do so correctly with God's help. Be men of God, not men of the world. Don't be distracted by the various vices that are out there, because whenever you run after them you dishonor your wives, and when you dishonor your wives you are teaching your children it's okay to do things that bring you pleasure. We need to learn to do what brings pleasure to our Heavenly Father.

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There is more information about Forgiving Sean, by Jessica Adriel, but you know what? I'm going to let you search for it. I will, however, give you the following links to where other reviews can be found. What I am not going to give you are the accompanying dates when they will post their reviews. In fact some may actually post on the same day, while other days nothing new will be posted. So it's like a scavenger hunt. I hope you enjoy this. Please leave your "mark" on the different blogs you visit. God speed.

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IMPORTANT

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Friday, February 12, 2010

FORGIVING SEAN, by Jessica Adriel


Friday - Although this may be a little tricky I'm going to do something different the next couple of days. Today I'll be talking about Sean and Marissa's mothers, how they are different and how they relate to us today. Tomorrow I'll be talking about Sean's father, how he was and how he has changed and what that means to us. So keep me in prayer and let's talk a little about the mothers.

Gladys Moffit appears to be a loving, if not smothering kind of woman. Given the history we find in this book she probably learned to be as quiet as possible, to accept things she should never have accepted and to teach herself to be rather naive. She's Sean's mother, and with all he was going through the last thing he needed was some silent acceptance of the things he did. Although she's a kind woman, I fear that she fell into the role of victim and as such probably was having a lot of trouble herself. So she would stuff it away to protect her son, not realizing that that very action was hurting him. Had she known she probably would have tried a different approach, but that would mean having to deal with her own abuse. That's not saying she was physically abused, but she certainly was relegated to a position in which she had not voice. She was to fix the food, do the shopping, the cleaning and all that "women stuff" is how her husband probably would have put it. The fact that he was an alcoholic, or at least someone who spent their evenings in front of the TV drinking beer, didn't help one bit.

I'm not saying the things Sean did were his mom's fault. He may or may not have done them regardless of what she was like, that is our nature, to find evil and fulfill it. When we come to Christ, we are to allow that nature to die with Christ on the cross so that in His resurrection we can be raised up as new creations. The spirit and the flesh are always going to be at war in us while we are on this earth, but Jesus has overcome the desires of the flesh. However, the enemy will use others to turn us to a path of ruin. That's one thing we should try not to do. As imperfect as we are we should do all in our power to keep the enemy from using us to harm anyone, and if we do to ask for forgiveness. That is true love, and it only comes from God. You can't do it under your own power.

Mrs. Gladstone, Marissa's mother, was a different person altogether. She was a strong-willed, vocal person, but she was also compassionate. One of the times I bet she wishes she would have spoken out stronger was when she was seeing Sean. From the beginning she suspected him of less than honorable intentions. She is proved right. When Marissa begins seeing Hawke, however, we find that he has earned her trust, and rightfully so. This tells me that Mrs. Gladstone is a very astute and discerning individual, someone that bore the pain with her daughter yet did not become her enemy. She became her friend. In doing so it provided Marissa with an avenue of hope, something Sean's mom didn't seem to offer him.

Women, being a parent is probably the most difficult task in the world, and if done right, can be one of the most rewarding. If done wrong it can devastate you. Think! No one has it in their ability to be the perfect parent, no matter what the movies may tell you. As a Christian father I realize that any good I've done has come from God, not me, and all the mistakes I've made trying to be a good father Jesus covers with His blood. I can see that because I can see the results. I can see my children grown and tackling the world on their own now and with pride know that I had something to do with that. You have a voice, use it, but use it wisely. It's okay to dislike things, but we must love all people. This is something Mrs. Gladstone understood, and something Mrs. Moffit didn't have the chance to understand until most of her son's problems were behind her. When your teenager says, "I hate you" because you placed a certain restriction on them for their own good, realize they are just teenagers who are learning to make choices. Those words, cutting as they may sound, they would take back in a heart beat later on in life. For you have given them some skills at making some good decisions, particularly under difficult circumstances. Do this and "your children shall rise up and call you blessed."

Visit Jessica at the author's website


Purchase Forgiving Sean at
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There is more information about Forgiving Sean, by Jessica Adriel, but you know what? I'm going to let you search for it. I will, however, give you the following links to where other reviews can be found. What I am not going to give you are the accompanying dates when they will post their reviews. In fact some may actually post on the same day, while other days nothing new will be posted. So it's like a scavenger hunt. I hope you enjoy this. Please leave your "mark" on the different blogs you visit. God speed.

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.



IMPORTANT
The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might hear it in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

FORGIVING SEAN, by Jessica Adriel


Thursday - Okay, so far we've covered Marissa, Sean and Hawke, they are the key characters in the book, but another character comes to mind. It's almost easy to overlook his importance because he's been looked over for most of his life. That would be Phillip Moffit, Sean's little brother. Phillip never did get the recognition that Sean did. He wasn't in the same circles, didn't have the same talent at baseball or girls, and didn't get into a lot of the trouble Sean did which got Sean a lot of the attention. To say he was perfect would be ridiculous. He liked to joke around, and I think when his big brother was getting all the attention for being a good ball player and ladies' man he kind of felt proud. It just wasn't him. He liked to be a bit more laid back, at least in the public eye. Sean knew that Phillip could tease with the best of them, especially since he was usually the brunt of that teasing, but publicly Phillip just wanted to blend in.

This reminds me of some other brothers I've read about. Simon Peter was boisterous, had a habit of putting his foot in his mouth on more than one occasion. His heart may have been in the right place, but he didn't take the time to step back and think about what he was saying. Well, he had a brother named Andrew. We don't know much about Andrew because Andrew preferred to hang in the background. He was there when Jesus wanted to use him, but he never pushed. He contented himself to listen rather than speak out all the time. These two brothers remind me of Sean and Phillip. So do Peter and Andrew's friends, James and John, also brothers. Both were fairly in the middle of things, but while James would be right behind Peter in getting noticed, John would hang back a bit. This is why I want to talk about it Phillip. I believe God honors those who take a step back, who are willing to listen before taking action. I believe it shows us that Phillip was able to see more than Sean, because he didn't get wrapped up in Sean's world.

Phillip allowed himself to live a life so he could be more aware of those around him, and ultimately aware of a God who cared for him more than he could ever imagine. He allowed others to mean more to him than himself. His brother, Sean was so full of himself that he had to be brought down before he could hear God trying to tell him He loved him. People like that always end up hurting other people. People like Phillip tend to promote healing, and in Forgiving Sean, Phillip plays a key role at healing the pain in the lives of Marissa, Hawke and ultimately Sean. Me, I'd rather be a Phillip than a Sean. I'd rather go unnoticed by the world and yet noticed and loved by God, like Phillip.

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There is more information about Forgiving Sean, by Jessica Adriel, but you know what? I'm going to let you search for it. I will, however, give you the following links to where other reviews can be found. What I am not going to give you are the accompanying dates when they will post their reviews. In fact some may actually post on the same day, while other days nothing new will be posted. So it's like a scavenger hunt. I hope you enjoy this. Please leave your "mark" on the different blogs you visit. God speed.

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.




IMPORTANT
The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might hear it in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

FORGIVING SEAN, by Jessica Adriel


Wednesday - Today we get to my favorite character, Hawke Davies. Hawke is my favorite for a couple of reasons. First because he's a Christian who is sold out on working for Christ. Second, because he's unlike our poster-board image of what a Christian should look like. A former drug addict and pusher, Hawke turns to music. His hair is a bit better kept up, but it's still long and he still has his beard. He's still dressing like something out of a GQ meets Goth kind of catelog, and he sports tattoos and earrings. There was a time when I would have looked down on a person like that just because of the way the dressed, because of their tattoos, and especially the earrings, but God worked a miracle in my life, and...and this isn't about me, it's about Hawke. Sorry.

Hawke is Marissa's "nearly engaged" boyfriend. When Sean Moffit left, he left her with a burden no one should have to bear. Trying to rectify that became harder and harder the further he went down the road he had chosen to travel. Hawke was there to pick her up when she was down, to help soothe her pain, to fill a gap left in her life that had been left vacant. As he did this something began to happen to him, he began to fall in love. When I say that I don't mean the idiotic kind of "falling in love" you read about in most contemporary romance novels, but the kind of love that says, "If you ever need anything, ANYTHING, I'm here for you." It wasn't romantic attraction. It wasn't some kind of desire for her beauty. Instead he had seen what she was like on the inside and really, really liked what he saw. The more he thought about that the more he couldn't stop thinking about that and before he knew it he found himself totally head over heels over her.

Hawke is a type of Jesus in this story. By that I don't mean he was divine and all that. However you will find these elements that both share. Jesus saw our need and stepped down from His throne to meet that need. He didn't look at what we looked like on the outside, but what we were on the inside, or to be more specific, what we could be if we let His love live in us and produce that kind of fruit that love always produces...more love. You see, if you hate or even dislike someone, you begin to train yourself to dislike that person until that dislike becomes hate. On the other side of that coin you'll find that the more we train ourselves to love someone the more we actually do love someone. Whether or not they return our love doesn't matter. Okay, it matters, but not in the same way you might think. It matters because love when it isn't accepted always hurts, but it remains. It doesn't change to hatred. Lust will always turn to hatred after a while.

There's a lot more about Hawke I could write here, but I'd be giving the book away. Suffice it to say that Hawke becomes the human anchor for Marissa and the battering ram that breaks down Sean's walls, even if it meant breaking down a few of his own. It's a message of love that people, especially our young people, need to hear today. Not everyone is a loser. Not everyone will betray you. Yes they will all fail you at one point or another, but most of your friends will ask forgiveness and move on. A true friend will be there for you and there are people like that in God's family because Jesus is like that and God is molding us to be in the very image of His Son. Maybe that's why it's so easy to see the connection between Hawke and Jesus. Hawke was just doing what Jesus told us we should do.

Visit Jessica at the author's website


Purchase Forgiving Sean at
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There is more information about Forgiving Sean, by Jessica Adriel, but you know what? I'm going to let you search for it. I will, however, give you the following links to where other reviews can be found. What I am not going to give you are the accompanying dates when they will post their reviews. In fact some may actually post on the same day, while other days nothing new will be posted. So it's like a scavenger hunt. I hope you enjoy this. Please leave your "mark" on the different blogs you visit. God speed.

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.




IMPORTANT
The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might hear it in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

FORGIVING SEAN, by Jessica Adriel


Tuesday - Yesterday I mentioned the 3 major characters and then expounded upon Marissa. In doing so I likened Sean Moffit to the devil, and that wasn't really fair of me. So today we are going to take a closer look at Sean and try to correct that.

Sean, like all of us, largely mirrors what he sees at home and what he finds is socially acceptable in school. When we do this we run the risk of creating terrible problems for ourselves and those around us. With the hormones pumping fast and certain desires rising in us faster than we can really deal with, our only strength can come from good solid teaching, good solid examples and the Word of God. Sean had none of these. He was sports-minded, much like his father. Women to him marked levels of conquest. Then Marissa came into the picture. Well, actually he knew her his entire life, but as she grew older she began to blossom. At first he saw her as someone he could take as something more than just a one night stand, but he did see a definite end. Once they started seeing each other he saw more than he expected. As Marissa opened up to him he began to see who she really was, more than just the flesh and bones he had thought previously. It was this person, this young woman that was hidden from him previously, that he fell in love with. Of course the term "fell in love" could only be defined within his own limited idea of love. He was taken with her, so much so that he held off physical contact for quite a while, but then when that door was opened it was as if he was sucked into a desire he had no power over. To him this was what love was. As he is returning to New Jersey, his whole being is at war with itself. Part of him wants to set her free from him, the other wants desperately to regain her heart.

In this context we see the struggles of a young man, whose understanding of love is severely limited, trying to make correct choices. Yet he has no reference for making those choices. You will find more about him in the book. Needless to say Marissa has her own problems understanding love, but she has no problem understanding pain and abandonment. While Sean never was the devil, his actions may just as well have been. He took advantage of a weakened girl for his own pleasure. When his pleasure was actually to be with her it was too late. The devil had turned against his pawn in this struggle, and that is often the case.

What we learn from Sean is that when the world is looking for the truth they really don't know what to look for. Often they will make up their own rules to fit whatever preconceived notions they may have. They will rush on ahead and, even when trying to be noble, end up hurting the very object of their affection. We can find that in the Bible. Judas Iscariot was chosen by Jesus to be one of the Twelve, yet his affections were for the re-establishment of Israel, not for the Truth. He had a skewed view of things. Even his betrayal was done so that Jesus would possibly be forced to accept kingship over Israel and abolish the bonds or Rome. He just didn't understand, nor was he willing to understand. When it finally dawned on him, Judas found it was too late. Trying to undo what he had done Judas went back to the Temple and tried to give the money back and get Jesus out of trouble, but it was too late. Even though the money was thrown on the floor, Judas realized that he had sentenced the one he loved to death. Because he hadn't been listening with an open heart from the Lord he went and hung himself. Am I the only one that sees the similarities between Judas and Sean? Both loved a certain person. Both did things that caused that person severe pain (in the case of Jesus even death). Both tried to turn back the clock and undo the wrongs they did. Both ended up realizing they had lost their hold on the one they loved.

Do not be led astray. Do not think you know better. Do not press on without consulting the Lord on anything, or you may end up doing more harm than good. You may actually be cut off from the one you love. The ways of Sean are like the little foxes in our congregations. They get in and are spoiling the fruit on the True Vine, which is Jesus Christ. When they come to realize that is what they are doing it may be too late for them. In the meantime, realize that God has everything under control. Turning to Him, not to yourself, is the one sure way of protecting yourself against a fate like Sean's, or more importantly, like Judas'.

Visit Jessica at the author's website


Purchase Forgiving Sean at
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There is more information about Forgiving Sean, by Jessica Adriel, but you know what? I'm going to let you search for it. I will, however, give you the following links to where other reviews can be found. What I am not going to give you are the accompanying dates when they will post their reviews. In fact some may actually post on the same day, while other days nothing new will be posted. So it's like a scavenger hunt. I hope you enjoy this. Please leave your "mark" on the different blogs you visit. God speed.

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.




MPORTANT
The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might hear it in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.

Monday, February 08, 2010

FORGIVING SEAN, by Jessica Adriel


Monday - The three principle characters in this story are that of Marsisa Gladstone, Hawke Davies and Sean Moffit. This is the 2nd book in a series that begings with Drawing Marissa. Since I haven't read the 1st book you'll have to forgive me for some of the outrageous jumps in logic that may arise.

Today I'd like to focus on Marissa Gladstone. We meet her as she is longing to get from Manhattan to her New Jersey home to be with Hawke. We learn that he has more than filled a gap left in her life when Sean abandoned her and struck out to be a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Hawke isn't the kind of guy you'd expect to be the Christian hero of this story, but the fact is that for all the evil he may have done in the past he is more than dedicated to allowing Jesus to reach out and try to heal instead of hurt those around him. In doing so Marissa finds in him someone worthy of respect, even love. She begins to redefine what love must mean and in so doing begins to find fulfillment in a life otherwise empty and broken.

In one sense we are all like Marissa. We've had a fling with the devil. At one time or another he seemed to promise great things for us. He seemed to care for us in a way we thought no one else could care for us. I'm not saying we intentionally went out and found Satan to follow him around, but the temptations he placed in our paths seemed more like love notes from a secret admirer and oh how thrilled we were to receive these gifts...right up until we realized they weren't gifts at all. Instead they were bait to the many traps laid around us, and we found that we had stumbled into so many of these traps we felt there could be no escape. This secret admirer turned out to be a master of disguise and used his wiles against us. He used our very desires to defeat and enslave us. Then he abandoned us, except for his mocking laughter that rang in our ears. We were lost, broken, trapped, made into something so utterly repulsive that we didn't even wish to face ourselves. Then, into this dark world of ours, step one greater than Hawke, Jesus the Christ. He did not care whether or not we had done wrong in our past, for it was forgiven as soon as it was brought up. He saw our brokenness and wrapped His arms around us, letting the warmth of His divine hug heal us. And it did more than just heal us, it began to break the chains that were around us, snapped iron traps into pieces, chains fell broken at our feet. We felt unworthy, and looked into His eyes and found that He saw us as worthy. Christ began hauling away the garbage we had filled our lives with and replaced it with all His goodness, meekness, gentleness, humility and love. It is the Love of the Most High God that has set us free.

Our paths may be much different than one another. Some may be abused, some may be raised by wonderful parents. Some may find hardship at every turn, others find that they have been given so many advantages. And yet, no matter how different we may be, we have all bought into Satan's lies. At one point or another we have courted him as our lover and he willingly obliged. Then when we were so messed up we couldn't even face ourselves, God stepped in and said, "Satan you are a liar." Then facing us Jesus said, "Come to me my son, my daughter, my love, and I will give you rest. This, to me is the overall story of Marissa, and of us.


Visit Jessica at the author's website


Purchase Forgiving Sean at
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

ScibblyGumBooks


There is more information about Forgiving Sean, by Jessica Adriel, but you know what? I'm going to let you search for it. I will, however, give you the following links to where other reviews can be found. What I am not going to give you are the accompanying dates when they will post their reviews. In fact some may actually post on the same day, while other days nothing new will be posted. So it's like a scavenger hunt. I hope you enjoy this. Please leave your "mark" on the different blogs you visit. God speed.

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.




IMPORTANT
The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might hear it in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.

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